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AMT Automag III in 30 Carbine caliber

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Russ Jackson, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Russ Jackson

    Russ Jackson member

    AMT Automag III in 30 Carbine caliber
    I found one of these locally he wants $600 what do you think? Condition is excellent and looks like it hasn't been fired much. Odd ball caliber and do you think the old AMT's will be a good investment? Are any of you familiar with this gun and caliber and why would they make it in 30 carbine? I bet it would make a good deer pistol.
    Any imput helpfull....Russ
  2. rattletrap1970

    rattletrap1970 Well-Known Member

    Not the cheapest caliber to shoot, but they are fun and have quite a bark.
  3. Rusty Dusty

    Rusty Dusty Member

    It has been my experience that the AMT guns in .30 carbine, .357 mag, and .22 mag are single shot pistols at best. If it actually cycles and chambers the next round it is a miracle. JAM-O-MATIC Others may have diffent experiences though.

  4. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    I have great respect for the .30 carbine round as a defensive cartridge from the M1 Carbine. However, it's designed for a carbine-length barrel and from that barrel, it's considered marginal for deer with very little room for error. I really wouldn't think, from a handgun, the .30 carbine is a viable candidate for deer.

    I think the handgun would be great for novelty, turning heads at the range.
  5. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

  6. Russ Jackson

    Russ Jackson member

    Heck of a Muzzel Flash. I like odd guns so maybe I will offer $500. ...Russ
  7. Cherokee

    Cherokee Well-Known Member

    I had one for years, it shot good but very high for the sights. Finally had 1/10th inch added to the front sight and it would stay on paper then, still high though. It wants full power loads to function. I finally traded mine off.
  8. Broken Anvil

    Broken Anvil Well-Known Member

    I had an AMT 1911 years ago......a real jam-O-matic. Took a ton of work to get it to run right......as far as buying another, no thanks........run, don't walk.
  9. NoAlibi

    NoAlibi Well-Known Member

    Automag III under a different banner?

    I have an Automag III, but the logo is " iAi " (Irwindale Arms).

    I bought it in 1989 and I don't know if it is pre or post AMT, but this pistol has performed flawlessly from the get-go. I hand load a 100gr half jacketed spire point bullet and it chronos as 1652 fps with it's legendary fireball. I was surprised by it mild recoil because the noise will send the .44 Mag. boys home to mama and it is more than reasonably accurate. I've never regretted buying it and it's destined to be bequeathed to someone - which I hope doesn't happen any time soon.

    Anybody have one of these or knows the strory behind the brand change?
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    When Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT)went bankrupt, they were purchased by Irwindale Arms Incorporated (iAi)....they were famous for their quality and reliability problems. The company also went through other names, the best known being TDE and OMC

    The New High Standard, in TX, currently sells some products from the line

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